Face it: there really are no up sides to cigarettes. They’ve been linked to cancer, premature aging of the skin, and now prices are lingering around eight dollars a pack in New Jersey. If that doesn’t make you want to quit puffing away, a study has now found that there is a link between smoking and adult acne.

According to a study published in The British Journal of Dermatology, ‘smokers’ acne’ is particularly common among women. Of the subjects with acne, 192 of 226 (85.0%) were classified as having comedonal postadolescent acne (CPAA), which is characterized by blocked pores and large blackheads. Not only was CPAA the most common form of adult acne, but 72.9% of the subjects with CPAA were smokers.

“Recognizing this form of acne is fundamental to providing correct information about the effects of tobacco on the skin,” said Dr. Bruno Capitanio, one of the study’s authors.

If the deadly side effects of smoking weren’t enough, hopefully many nicotine addicts will be swayed to quit for the sake of vanity.  For New Jersey residents who are interested in kicking the habit, New Jersey Quit Net is an online resource that offers a quit smoking support program.

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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